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Why Do We Laugh? - Short Play, Dramatic Comedy

Why Do We Laugh?

Stephen Gregg

Short Play, Dramatic Comedy

4m, 4f

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Short Play

Dramatic Comedy

At age 6, Meredith Wilfred loves to tell people that she hates her neighbor, Andrew Powers. At age 16, she tells Andrew the same thing but goes to the dance with him anyway. At 45, Meredith and Andy have a great deal to tell each other: most married couples do. And, even at 66, Meredith is still learning about, and from, Andrew. This is a fine contest play because it is both easy to stage and a challenge. All eight characters—two people at four different times in their lives—are onstage at the same time. The result is a play about love (and hate) and the way people change each other. Bare stage. Approximate running time: 35 minutes.


4m, 4f


Stephen Gregg

Stephen Gregg has written a wealth of perennially popular plays, including This is a Test, Small Actors, Twitch, Sex Lives of Superheroes, S.P.A.R., Poor Little Lambs, and Sunday Night. He is the recipient of a Jerome Fellowship from The Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis; the Actors Theatre of Louisville Heideman Award for best ten-minute play; and the International Thespian Society's Founders ... view full profile

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